Harvard Summer Program in Hong Kong
Explore the past and present of China’s global interactions in its most vibrant and international city.
China is one of the most important actors in 21st-century global affairs. This program offers you the opportunity to investigate China’s current social and economic connections with different world areas, learn about its historical engagement with the U.S., and consider the effects of these historical and sociological forces on China’s culture and future development. You will study these themes alongside students from Hong Kong Baptist University through interactive course discussions, site visits in Hong Kong to NGOs and museums, and field trips across the border to mainland China and Macao. Experience the incomparable possibilities of this world-class Chinese city, with its rich history, lush and extensive natural landscapes, and exciting urban life.
You will take two courses, each an intensive 4-week exploration of a different aspect of China’s global interactions, past and present. The first course focuses on China’s interconnection with global migration patterns; the second examines the history of China’s interaction with the U.S. from the 19th century to the present. Combined, the two courses balance learning from different social science perspectives about China and the world, along with how Hong Kong plays a central role in these global processes and why they matter for China’s future. Learning will take place both inside and outside the classroom and include frequent field trips to areas of cultural, historical, and sociological interest throughout Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.
Where you live and study
Formerly a British colony, Hong Kong was returned to mainland Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997. Located in Southeast China at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong grew from a small, rural Chinese outpost into a densely urban, international financial capital over the course of the 20th century. Today, it is home to 8 million residents, attracts visitors from all around the world, and has a unique culture that combines both Chinese and international identities.
You will share double rooms in the Hong Kong Baptist University undergraduate dormitories, located just a few minutes’ walk from Hong Kong’s efficient subway system that connects you to all other parts of the city. Meals will be available through the HKBU cafeteria, but Hong Kong also has extensive opportunities for eating delicious food at every turn—which you’ll have the opportunity to explore alongside your classmates and teachers throughout the program.
Early application is strongly encouraged. Each program has unique requirements included in the online application. Beginning your application early is the best way to ensure that you have sufficient time to review and complete the application requirements by the deadline.
A complete online application includes:
- Basic personal information
- A statement of interest
- Your most recent transcript
- Program-specific requirements (if applicable; may include letters of recommendation, audio or video submissions, etc.)
- A $75 application fee (per program)
Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.
Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on January 31, 2019. You may apply to up to two programs; each program requires a separate application and fee.
The online application will open in early December.
Cost & Expenses
The program fee includes:
- Scheduled program activities
- Some meals (the program will provide further details)
You will also need to budget for a number of expenses not covered by the program fee. The amounts listed below for these out-of-pocket expenses are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not noted here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including personal spending habits and currency exchange rates.
- International airfare ($1,600 - $2,000)
- Ground transportation ($150)
- Meals ($750)
- Personal expenditures, communications, course materials, and miscellaneous ($500)
If you have specific questions about personal budgeting, please contact the program directly.
See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options.